Chand Baori

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Chand Baori, in the village of Abhaneri near Bandikui, Rajasthan.

Chand Baori is a stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Overview[edit]

Abhaneri is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan state in India. It is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. It is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and was constructed in 800 AD.[1][2] Chand Baori consits of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 storeys. It extends approximately 100 ft into the ground making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India.

History[edit]

Chand Baori is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan.[3] It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty between 800 and 900 AD [3] and was dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness upon completion.[4]

The state of Rajasthan is extremely arid, and the design and final structure of Chand Baori was intended to conserve as much water as possible. At the bottom of the well, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface, and Chand Baori was used as a community gathering place for locals during periods of intense heat.[4] One side of the well has pavilion and resting room for the royals [5]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 27°00′26″N 76°36′24″E / 27.0072°N 76.6068°E / 27.0072; 76.6068

www.saiompublication.com/journals/arts & education/Vol 1,No 5(2014)/Wonder Of The Indian Architecture 'Bawdi' Author-(Santosh Kumar)